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NFL offers glimpse at Super Bowl XLVIII tickets

By Andrew Tavani

One day after Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII by winning their respective conference title games, the NFL offered fans a glimpse of what tickets for the big game look like. Brian McCarthy, a public relations representative for the NFL, tweeted a photo that provided a peek at the tickets, but a strategically placed thumb from the hand holding the tickets raised a few questions -- namely, what is the actual face value of the 300 level seats? As you can see, a thumb appears to be obscuring the ticket's price. Is it $100? Or a lot more?
A lot more. In an email to AOL.com, McCarthy says the face value of the tickets in the photo he posted on Twitter are $1,000. 'I was covering up some of the elements of the ticket [so] as to not tip off people who would look to create counterfeit tickets,' McCarthy explained.

He also added that the NFL doubled the number of winners in the fan lottery to 1,000, from 500 for Super Bowl XLVII. There were 30,000 fan entries. And he pointed out that 40 percent of Super Bowl tickets this year have face values below $1,000. Ticket pricing breaks down like this: $500, $800, $1,000, $1,200, $1,500, and the most expensive seats at MetLife Stadium are the club box seats, which go for $2,500 at face value. Tickets on secondary markets right now are priced way higher than that. As of Tuesday morning, the cheapest Super Bowl tickets listed on StubHub are described as 'Upper End Zone' and priced at $2,297.

The sneak peek at the Super Bowl tickets is not the first glimpse of the game day details. On January 15, MetLife Stadium tweeted a photo of the NFL shield logo painted at the 50-yardline.

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Wally January 22 2014 at 8:13 AM

It says right before the ticket price of 2297.00 qty 2, that would be 1,148.50 apiece

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areacode201 January 22 2014 at 8:23 AM

Price is 2297.00. Qty 2 is the number of tix available.

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thatsdead January 22 2014 at 8:08 AM

don't have that kind of money, rather get together with friends and enjoy from comfort of home.

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dazedboy420 January 22 2014 at 8:02 AM

Ok so what if the super bowl didn't sell out would they black out the Super Bowl?

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steve46062 January 22 2014 at 9:16 AM

Good question but no. The game is in a neutral market. The blackout rule was supposedly designed is to help sell tickets in the home team's market. And moot since the Super Bowl, since reaching the level of pomposity that it has, has never and will never be at risk of not selling out.

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PAPPY January 22 2014 at 6:33 AM

Will enjoy from the comfort of my home! Can see the replays,etc and not worry about the elements! Use the money for more important things!

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Daddio January 22 2014 at 3:03 AM

Simple economics..supply and demand. The market price is set by the buyers. If you will pay $2500 for a ticket with a face value of say $800, then that is market price. No matter how much the common fan who will never see a live super bowl complain, there are far more willing and able to pay what ever it takes to get inside to see the game.

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jackthesport January 22 2014 at 2:13 AM

how many free tickets does Manning get

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jackthesport January 22 2014 at 2:10 AM

Stay at home
warm and you can pee anytime you want

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cstu1234 January 22 2014 at 12:12 AM

Ridiculous ill watch for free and get free pizza on a large flat screen. Im a fan but not a millionaire i work hard for my money. A couple of Buds

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zoowho2 January 21 2014 at 10:51 PM

All it takes is for people to refuse to pay the prices. A telecast of the super bowl with empty seats?

Won't happen. People who pay 7.50 to 10.00$ for a cup of warm flat beer in a small plastic cup will never wise up. I have watched people buy over 8 cups of warm flat beer over the course of a game while becoming obnoxious and disruptive to be A "true sports fan" to attend a game.Ticket price, parking, $4.50 for a shriveled up hot dog and $7.50+ for a warm flat beer and curse school teachers asking for a pay raise to "teach your kids" .If superbowl tickets were 10,000.00$ it would still be a filled stadium, with foolish idiots and drunken examples for our kids.

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Jerry January 22 2014 at 9:06 AM

YES, I Banned myself from football about 3 years ago when I had tickets on the fifty yard line for the Mamia and New England game. I went from Arizona to Mamai for the game. I got there the night before the game. I got a good nights sleep so I could enjoy the game. Game time, time to have fun. Went into staduim and found my seat and what a great seat. Its maybe most of guy's dreams being on the 50 yard line right down front. just set down when 7 other people came over said and showed they had tickets also for the same seat. With all said and done no one get to enjoy the seat or the game and all the tickets was a printing mistake by the staduim. All they could say was sorry and no refunds of $250.00 for seat or airline cost or even hotel. Now I don't watch, listen or enjoy football. Its a sport that cost more then three 60" big screens and your first born!!!

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